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directed by Blake Edwards
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Blake Edwards directed this murder mystery set against the backdrop of a busy metropolitan hospital. Dr. Peter Carey (James Coburn) is a pathologist who has signed on to work with Dr. J.D. Randall (Dan O'Herlihy) at a prominent hospital in Boston. When Randall's daughter Karen (Melissa Torme-March) dies after a botched abortion, another member of the hospital staff, David Tao (James Hong), is charged with her murder. Carey is convinced that Tao is innocent and sets out to prove his point. He also finds time for romance with beautiful Bostonian Georgia Hightower (Jennifer O'Neill). The Carey Treatment features Pat Hingle as police detective Peterson; Michael Crichton contributed to the screenplay.


James Coburn brashes out the truth as he plays breezy and brilliant pathologist Peter Carey, confronting hypocrisy and murder in a Boston hospital. Directed by Blake Edwards and adapted from an early novel by Michael Crichton (writing under a pseudonym), The Carey Treatment is an existential murder mystery with a pathologist standing in for the P.I.

Peter Carey accepts a staff position at a staid Boston hospital, under the direction of Dr. J.D. Randall (Dan O'Herlihy). When Dr. Randall's daughter Karen dies following an illegal abortion, Carey's colleague David Tao (prolific character great James Hong) is accused of the crime and Carey sets out to prove his innocence. Along the way, Carey finds time to romance Boston beauty Georgia Hightower (Jennifer O'Neill)


Theatrical Premiere: August 4th, 1972


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Runtime 1:40:54

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.35 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer (4:3 - 2:16)

DVD Release Date: November 2nd, 2011
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The Carey Treatment is a solid, enjoyable medical murder-mystery from the 70's helmed by Blake Edwards, from a pseudonymous novel by Michael Crichton (entitled 'A Case of Need', published in 1968 and credited to Jeffrey Hudson) and starring James Coburn and Jennifer O'Neil. It is an obvious, less polished, predecessor to Crichton's own Coma film to surface 6 years later - but there are plenty of positives.

It's standard single-layered Warner MoD (Made-on-Demand) disc,  progressive and anamorphic in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio and looks very good aside from being a shade thin, but from a healthy, clean, source. Detail is substantial for the SD format and the modest transfer provides a consistent, and error-free, presentation

The mono sound is decent supporting the score by Roy Budd (Get Carter, The Wild Geese.) There are no subtitles offered here and no supplements aside from a 1.33:1 trailer.

I like Coburn and O'Neil and am always up for a murder-mystery. He's good - she is less-so and the hospital plot plays out with some degree of polish thanks to Edwards. I think those who enjoyed Coma should find enough here - although it is substantially weaker.  

  - Gary Tooze



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